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Poster: Chung Date: May 29, 2004 2:12pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Legality Question

It's defintely easy to turn to the dark side and see profit opportunities when first looking at any vast repository of public domain films. However, that is obviously not the best course of action, and I'm definitely glad that I've resisted the temptation of viewing "public domain" as "free to use as a means of turning a profit."

Thank you for bearing with me while I played devil's advocate (and helping me to "see the light" so to speak, rather than risk infringing upon this site's terms of use) and also for helping me to understand some of the nuances of electronic copyright law.

Any terms of use agreement or other form of legalese can be kind of a thorny subject, and matters relating to copyright and fair use make up a Gordian knot that is particularly difficult to disentangle. I've read many discussions on Slashdot about copyright on the internet, and I'm currently reading the book "Free Culture" by Lawrence Lessig, but the wild world of Internet law is still a complicated place.

This post was modified by Chung on 2004-05-29 21:12:21

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffakb Date: May 29, 2004 11:48am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Legality Question

I'm definitely glad that I've resisted the temptation of viewing "public domain" as "free to use as a means of turning a profit."

Why? Anyone may profit from the public domain, why should you not? Bible salesman make good money, just as Mel Gibson is from "Passion of the Christ". That both do is good for our society.

For the works in the Prelinger collection to be both "public domain" and under a license of any kind is a contradiction. I think you're right to be confused.

This post was modified by akb on 2004-05-29 18:48:30